The Surface Design Show takes place in February at the Business Design centre in London, they focus on interior and exterior surfaces specific to the building, architectural and interior design industries. This show is a ‘must visit’ for us; you can learn from industry professionals, network and connect with innovative and exciting materials. This immersive environment enables us to select product from new designers for future projects, we are also able to confirm our past trend prediction in real time relating to themes, materials, colours and pattern design.
This highly anticipated industry platform is an important destination for both the local and international design industry. Furniture, Lighting and Object design have been reinvented and showcased as part of the Decor + Design Exhibition in Melbourne.
The sun relentlessly beats down on me as I write this post, most of us (people) are enjoying the 3rd mini-heatwave of the year; it’s hard to keep in mind that it’s only Tuesday and a work-day. Everything about today is screaming chill, relax, eat, drink, smile, enjoy and do all of this outdoors. I’m doing my best to comply, after all nature’s driving influence today has reminded me about my favorite design trend for the SS2018 and compelled me to share it with you.
A special Hello to everyone who has visited our Trend Hub at Decor + Design 2016. As promised here is a list of the materials on display on the sample table:
- Maya Romanoff, Fardis, Moire and Platinum Burnish wallcoverings from Muraspec
- Stylish antique bronzed cutlery from Mepra of Italy
- Beautiful Electrical Accessories (light switches/power sockets) Focus SB
- Stunning stabilised reinder Moss – Moss Trends
- Silk, washi + silver woven ‘Vein’ and ‘Sugar’ fabrics from HOSOO
- Organic banana leaf veneers by Beleaf®
- Burnt Brass from Solomon + Wu
- Decorative leathers from Casador
- Embossed leathers from Carina Sohl
- Perforated Obersound ‘Bark’ acoustic panel in American Walnut from Oberflex
- Piraruco fish leather from Nova Kaeru via Le Souk
- Salmon fish leather from Atlantic Leather via Le Souk
- Brushed Alpaca/Mohair from Bellandi Spa via Le Souk
- Rayon Kyoto weave and Flax Kyoto wallcovering via Le Souk
- Ostrich leather from Klein Karoo Int’ via Le Souk
- Turquoise, Malachite Azurite, Mohave Purple & Green and Apple Coral tiles from the fabulous Gemstone Tiles
- Clarissa Hulse ‘Callista’ fabric and ‘Callista’ wallpaper collection by Harlequin via Domestic Textile Corporation in Australia
- Flexible ‘Stoneplex Sand’ wallcovering by Architects Paper via Altfield
- Asian Canvas wallpaper from Architects Paper
- Wood/brass/zinc/shell inlay panel by Campioni
- Beeswax, tree resin & jojoba oil infused hemp & organic cotton Abeego food wrap via Green Pioneer
- Erafia fabric by Malhia Kent
- Pewter quilted upholstery EvoFabric ‘Dimensional-Chateaux’ from Concertex
- Textured black & white banana fabric made in Nepal via Offset Warehouse
- Cezanne wallpaper handmade from self-sustaining Lokta plants from Weitzner
- Linea metallic & embossed black leather from Benericetti SRL
- Cork leather sample of VEGAN carpet and SLEEVE bowl by Rodrigo Vairinhos
- RE-Y-STONE® bio-composite boards by Dekodur
- Starflower & Harlequin embossed leather wall tiles by Genevieve Bennett
- Albany ‘Natural Textures’ wallcoverings by Wallpaper Direct
- Marmo design from ‘Elements’ wallcoverings collection by Prestigious
- Marble mosaics by BluePrint Ceramics
- Textiles by Daniela Evans
- Textiles by Sophie Lee Wilkinson – To contact Sophie regarding commissions or job offers please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Various leather, fabric and cork samples (as pictured at the top of this post) by Laura Greenwood of Scarlet Opus
To kick off our blog postings this year, we are sharing our Top Ten Colors for 2016. These essential colors are taken from our Spring/Summer 2016 and Fall/Winter 2016/17 palettes and are those set to make the biggest impact throughout the year. These range from bold, earth shades to dusty mid-toned hues, each swatch is designed to be worked into your own palette (not together) and are placed in no specific order. So for all designers, manufacturers and retailers; here is your chance to get ahead with the up and coming colors for interiors in 2016!
1. Indigo Blue – Indigo make its presence felt throughout 2016, trending across both fashion and interiors. It is deep, mysterious yet stylish and sophisticated. Indigo is at its most striking and sumptuous alongside rich shades of wine, teal, warm metals, grays, dark wood tones and off white. This color longs for unconventional pairings to emphasis the unexpectedness of how it can be used within an interior.
2. Cobalt Blue – This color works in both contrasting and complimentary ways, it can be paired with a True Red for a bold, contemporary union, or combined with a crisp white for a more radiant effect. When paired with the Indigo blue and Mint green it suggests a more tonal, pleasing mixture. This color can be used both as an accent and a mono solid, where it’s unique, fresh vibrancy makes this a popular choice for 2016.
3. Lunar Gray – An extended palette of muted gray’s play a leading role as an important hue for this year. Taken from a trend that places focus on privacy, time and experience; this color works alongside refined neutrals to portray elegance and timeless fashions. Seen in a matte finish with tone on tone neutrals that are beautiful in their simplicity. This color remains important as the endurance of the new industrial style continues to strengthen.
4. Dusky Mauve – This soft, hazy hue is injected with a gray tone and portrays a poetic authenticity. This dulled, balanced pastel can be combined with moody tinted grays and muted Corals and Pinks with a chalky, powder-coated finish. Dusky Mauve provides a delicate harmony, it is quiet, subdued and projects a sense of well-being.
5. Muted Coral – We saw 2015 fashions embrace the Coral Shrimp as both a solid and accent color. Going forward, we will see this shade diffuse to be more restrained and low-key. It sits within a palette that suggests honesty and long-lived values – it is warm, sophisticated, all-encompassing and works together with mid-toned grays, Mint Green and Dusky Mauve. This is a color that projects a sun-kissed, fresh outlook and will move forward into 2017.
6. Mint Green – This color adds a fresh, contemporary sharpness when used as an accent within a palette. It almost glows when paired against deeper shades. Not only does it portray a pop of optimism and expresses a desire to be more adventurous, but it also encourages unconventional pairings, inspiring a confident use of color. Ombrés, color washes and graduations are the dominant effects when using this tone.
7. Pop Pink – This soda pink has a chalky, matte finish and maintains a New Retro feel. It is taken from a trend named ‘PLAY’ which embraces unexpected color and material combinations; a controlled chaos within urban lifestyles. Pop Pink has no sweetness and extends beyond feminine associations to emerge as a bold, graphic and modern design direction. It works best in a palette where Black is a dominant color and is most fascinating when pared with playful interactions of texture, pattern and shape.
8. Purple Iris – In contrast to the more vibrant tones of 2016, we will also celebrate the mystery and beauty of dark, dusky shades. The deep heather based tones add a level of sophistication and warmth to our 2016 palette. It radiates a jeweled opulence, and combines with warm brass metallic shades to inspire a dramatic, luxurious vibe. Yet it also feels familiar and comforting when combined with heritage fabrics and traditional patterned textiles; blurring the boundaries between modern and time-honored fashions.
9. Mars Rock – This grounded color is taken from our Astro Trend, which is inspired by the grittiness and raw textures of planetary surfaces. Once again we call on nature to inspire, this time in the form of its cracked, rock-like textures and rich crystallized forms. This baked earth tone brings a sophisticated essence into interiors and can be used alongside deep reds, terracotta and space-aged metallic’s to emphasis it’s evolutionary path.
10. True Red – Moving on from the Primal Red seen in 2015, this year True Red evolves to a softer tone. It balances out the intensity of some of the more vivid color contrasts when paired with tonal shades. This color is an essential hue in 2016 as it portrays an artisanal, handcrafted aesthetic where craftsmanship is valued and the beauty of ‘basic’ is admired.
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